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Jonesboro, Louisiana
Town of Jonesboro
Jonesboro City Hall
Jonesboro City Hall
Location of Jonesboro in Jackson Parish, Louisiana
Location of Jonesboro in Jackson Parish, Louisiana
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Coordinates: 32°14′28″N 92°42′57″W / 32.24111°N 92.71583°W / 32.24111; -92.71583
Country  United States
State  Louisiana
Parish Jackson
 • Total 4.90 sq mi (12.70 km2)
 • Land 4.85 sq mi (12.55 km2)
 • Water 0.06 sq mi (0.15 km2)
 • Total 4,704
 • Estimate 
 • Density 922.84/sq mi (356.33/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code
Area code 318
FIPS code 22-38670
Downtown Jonesboro, LA, along the Jimmie Davis Blvd MVI 2684
Jimmie Davis Boulevard extends through downtown.
Jonesboro State Bank
Jonesboro State Bank is located downtown.
First Baptist Church of Jonesboro, LA MVI 2693
The First Baptist Church of Jonesboro is located at the intersection of Jimmie Davis Boulevard and South Cooper Avenue.
MVI 2682 Another street scene in Jonesboro
Another view of downtown Jonesboro on the Jimmie Davis Boulevard facing east
MVI 2697 Garden of Memories in Jonesboro, LA
Garden of Memories is located on the Castor Highway outside Jonesboro.

Jonesboro is a town in, and the parish seat of, Jackson Parish in the northern portion of the U.S. state of Louisiana. The population was 4,704 at the 2010 census, up from 3,914 at the 2000 census.


Jonesboro is located at 32°14′23″N 92°42′41″W / 32.23972°N 92.71139°W / 32.23972; -92.71139 (32.239611, -92.711501). According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.9 square miles (13 km2), of which 4.8 square miles (12 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (0.82%) is water.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Jonesboro has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 1,134
1920 837 −26.2%
1930 1,949 132.9%
1940 2,639 35.4%
1950 3,097 17.4%
1960 3,848 24.2%
1970 5,072 31.8%
1980 5,061 −0.2%
1990 4,305 −14.9%
2000 3,914 −9.1%
2010 4,704 20.2%
2019 (est.) 4,473 −4.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,914 people, 1,602 households, and 1,012 families residing in the town. The population density was 806.6 people per square mile (311.6/km2). There were 1,852 housing units at an average density of 381.7 per square mile (147.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 54.01% White, 45.02% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.03% from other races, and 0.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.43% of the population.

There were 1,602 households, out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.3% were married couples living together, 21.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.8% were non-families. 34.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 24.8% under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 23.9% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 20.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 81.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $19,734, and the median income for a family was $28,048. Males had a median income of $29,071 versus $18,143 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,869. About 28.7% of families and 32.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 45.2% of those under age 18 and 16.1% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture

Jonesboro is the home of "Christmas Wonderland in the Pines", a local festival held annually—beginning on the Saturday after Thanksgiving Day and continuing throughout December.

Jonesboro also has a "Sunshine Festival" with antique cars and tractors, food,and games.


The Jackson Parish School Board oversees the public school system within Jonesboro from a parish-level.

Zoned schools include:

  • Jonesboro-Hodge Elementary School
  • Jonesboro-Hodge Middle School
  • Jonesboro-Hodge High School

The town is also home to the Louisiana Delta Community College Jonesboro campus, which offers courses in welding, business administration, and various general requirement courses.



U.S. Highway 167 passes by Jackson, which is located twenty-four miles south of Ruston. SR 4 joins Highway 167 at Jonesboro, which is in the southwestern portion of Jackson Parish.

Notable people

  • Rodney Alexander, Republican former U.S. Representative and secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs in Baton Rouge
  • Marty Booker, NFL wide receiver
  • Marvin T. Culpepper, member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from Jackson Parish from 1964 to 1968
  • James Houston "Jimmie" Davis, who is buried here, was a Louisiana governor, actors in the 1940s and 1950s, and writer of the song "You Are My Sunshine".
  • John Garlington, American football linebacker in the National Football League, played with the Cleveland Browns
  • Frederick Douglass Kirkpatrick, singer-songwriter, ordained minister, civil rights activist and co-founder of Deacons for Defense and Justice here in November 1964; he recorded three albums for Smithsonian Folkway Recordings (1968-1978)
  • Randy Moffett, president of the University of Louisiana System from 2008 to 2012, was born in Jonesboro in 1947.
  • James P. Pope, former U.S. Senator from Idaho and former mayor of Boise.
  • Jerry Robinson, NFL kick returner, born in Jonesboro, played professional football for the San Diego Chargers/NYJets, 1962-1965
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